Indonesia consists of 17,508 islands scattered over both sides of the equator and hundreds of distinct native, ethnic and linguistic groups. This means that not only does Indonesia have vast lands and environments just waiting to be explored, but also that the people you’ll meet along the way will be incredibly different from each other, yet somehow linked through their history. Imagine relaxing in a hammock as the gentle sea breezes sway you from side to side, and when you look out you see powder-white beaches, coexisting with lush forest that begins a short distance from the shore. Or maybe the mountains are more your scene. Venture through a rich, local Balinese mountain village and learn of their culture, art and history while being surrounded by stunning organic rice fields, mountain-fed streams, cascading waterfalls, and spectacular views over treetops to the ocean. At night, the only lights you will see will be the stars above your head and the fireflies fluttering around you. The only sounds will be of running water, crickets and frogs. Most of these luxury retreats in Indonesia are eco-aware and build their retreats or resorts using local, native materials and employ local native people in order to provide a positive experience for visitors. In doing so, they boost the local economy while still keeping the environment in mind as a priority to protect and nourish.